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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

REVIEW -- U.S. Art Supply 9" x 12" Premium Manga-Marker Paper Pad


U.S. Art Supply 9" x 12" Premium Manga-Marker Paper Pad

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
- Acid Free, Neutral pH, Natural White Sheets, Ideal for Sketching and Mixed Dry
- Marking Pen Paper with a Smooth Uniform Surface that is Virtually Bleedproof
- Ideal paper for Drawing with Ink Pens, Water and Permanent Markers & All Pencils
- Pad of 24-Sheets, 60 Pound (100gsm) paper
Mama Melissa is the artist in the house. If she's not watching YouTube videos, she's drawing or at least doodling... sometimes even doing both.

So, when this drawing pad was available for review, I jumped on it for her.

Sadly, she wasn't impressed by it.

It's an awful small quantity of paper; only 24 sheets. Any art/drawing pad I've ever seen or bought is at LEAST 50 sheets, if not more. It is double sided -- one side being like typical drawing paper, the other side being glossy, like photo or professional pamphlet paper.


^^cover of the pad

It is a good size pad though, 9" wide by 12" tall. It's thicker than typical copier/printer paper or notebook paper. I'd liken the thickness to construction paper.


^^examples of different writing utensils on the paper^^

Here are the key points to keep in mind when using this paper.

GLOSSY SIDE
• ink smears when freshly used, but does NOT smear when dry.
• Only good with markers/sharpies/pens… anything with actual ink.
• Colored pencils seem ‘chalky’ and faded. When Mama Melissa colored a shape with a colored pencil, there were 'crumbs' of the clay and wax of the 'lead.'
• Dark colored pencils turn to pastel-like colors, i.e. navy blue becomes baby blue or robin egg blue.
• Normal pencils do write, but are hard to erase. Don’t quite fully erase.
• Colored pencils erase completely.

TYPICAL DRAWING SIDE
• a little less glossy than the ‘photo’ side, but still has a ‘sheen’ to it.
• Colored pencils seem a bit darker, but still seem light. Not as chalky or crumbly.
• Anything with actual ink is fine.

The upswing is there is no leak through from inks on either side.

The biggest problem disabled people will have with this paper is the smear factor. I suspect most drawings done by disabled people will be smeared from shaky hands.

This is available from Amazon for $6.96.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Not the best paper for drawing; I'd use this quicker for painting with good-quality watercolors or acrylic paints
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: No

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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